Still, despite the newbies, the team is built on a core group of eight athletes who have played more than 100 global games with the team.
The former Michigan State star Jim Slater of Lapeer, and Marysville's Chad Billins, the former Ferris State standout and former Grand Rapids Griffins forward, said they and their families are excited about their surprising, late-career opportunity to play big games for the United States in the Olympics, after their National Hockey League careers. Canada failed to reach the final of this year's women's under-18 world championships for the first time in 11 tournaments because of good showings by Russian Federation and Sweden, which bodes well for elevating the quality of play here and in future Olympics.
But Greenway has embraced the storyline - and why not?
Roe is playing on a roster few seem to know how to handicap, a roster full of fresh and little-known players.
There are 15 players from the Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League leader and champion SKA St. Petersburg, and eight more from second-best CSKA Moscow. In Boston, while leaving a game against the Bruins with his Buffalo Sabres teammates, he recalls fans breaking a window on the team bus, calling James a "n---". "He's been directly responsible for USA Hockey getting to that point where we have the depth of players and development to be one of the main hockey nations in the world".
In addition, the USA and Canada dismantled their most common biggest threats, Sweden and Finland, in the Four Nations Cup.
"I think the rivalry between Canada and the US has been there since the inception", said Shuler, who played for Canada in the 1998 Games.
"I just really want kids to be able to be confident with trying to go out and do something different, and go against the color barrier in the sporting world right now".
"Go out and do something different against the typical stereotypes that most African-Americans play basketball, or whatever the case is".
Matt Dalton is expected to be South Korea's starting goalie for every game at the Olympics. The opportunity to play in the Olympics was at one time unimaginable.
As the US women's hockey team seeks its first Olympic gold medal in 20 years, there will be some familiarity within a sea of change in PyeongChang.
"I think it's fantastic. But I knew if I was going to accomplish this dream, I would have to do that elsewhere". Canada won three gold medals. The feeling of winning a gold medal while playing for your country is a feeling that's hard to put in to words. And to be able to compete more times at the Olympics, I'm definitely not going to argue against it.
Kelleher, a former college player himself (Brown), took over as executive director of USA Hockey and The USA Hockey Foundation last June. He said they'll still represent the country even though the flag won't fly and the anthem won't play in South Korea. Canada leads the way with 5,444 combined National Hockey League games played on its roster. It's exposed more people to our game - some people would say non-tradiitonal. "Every single person on our team brings so much to our locker room", team captain Meghan Duggan said.
"When you walk into an ice rink in Southern California, the population or the clientele is different in those rinks than maybe they are in some of our northern rinks, or traditional hockey markets".
"We are a attractive team that has been competing together for so many years". Those players have totaled 2,140 career points. It's certainly a small step forward compared to the late 1980's, and the often horrifying experience by pioneers like Val James. While the days of the men's team being centralized for an extended period are pretty much extinguished, the competition in November helped Team USA learn each other's hockey styles and personalities, creating a baseline for the team when it convenes in Pyeongchang and open competition with a preliminary-round game against Slovenia on February 14.
Indeed, as we enter 2018, it's a barrier that's finally been broken.